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From Andrew Clarke <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] adding SSL - is a distinct virtual host mandatory?
Date Wed, 05 Oct 2005 02:59:37 GMT
On Tue, 04 Oct 2005 20:00, Paul Annesley wrote:
> Specifying http:// will cause the browser to use port 80 by default.
> Specifying https:// will cause the browser to use port 443 by default.
> However, apache does not automatically assume that 80 == http and 443
> == https, you need to use the SSLEngine directive to turn it on for a
> particular port.
> This is done by creating an IP/port based virtualhost (as opposed to
> name based virtualhost) so that you can turn on SSLEngine for port 443
> but not for port 80 - hence the need for the virtualhost.

Ahh yes. It's all making some sense now. And as I think about how I'm going 
to structure my stuff, it's clear that you often won't want HTTP access to 
something you are trying to protect with HTTPS and therefore it becomes 
essential to have different roots or Directory directives associated with 
the protected stuff.
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